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On health issues...
In November 2011, I took my first trip to Kenya and caught the desire to serve. That next year was one of the craziest, joy filled, exhausting years of my life. In March of 2012, I went to Ghana for the first time. In April, I returned to Kenya. That summer, I spent the months working in inner-city Austin doing homeless ministry. In October, I went to Guatemala for the first time. In November, I returned to Kenya again. And that trip was the one that pushed me over the edge.
Towards the end of my trip, I began feeling...not so great. Later that day, I was diagnosed with malaria. The next week consisted of spending time at the Kenyan hospital we were working at, traveling the long journey back to the States and going to every doctor imaginable in Wichita Falls until someone said "I've dealt with malaria before."
It was scary, I felt alone, The Lord used it to slow me down.
But the fun thing about malaria is that it is dormant in my system! What does that mean? I could have a flare up at any time if my immune system gets low enough. Has this happened yet? Thankfully, no. It has required paying closer attention to my health, and keeping a test kit and treatment at my house in Texas.